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    N. Korea Revamps Rocket Launch Site

    This April 29, 2012 satellite image provided by DigitalGlobe shows what appears to be the initial stages of construction of a rocket assembly building at Musudan-ri in northeastern North Korea. The U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies says this building and a nearby launch pad under construction are upgrading facilities so the site can handle larger rockets, which could increase international concern over the secretive country's weapons programs. (AP Photo/DigitalGlobe)

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    Will this lead to another showdown between the U.S. and North Korea? Satellite imagery shows North Korea is revamping its old rocket-launch site to accommodate larger rockets, a U.S. institute claimed on Tuesday. North Korea threatened to push ahead with its nuclear program despite pressure from the international community to halt nuclear testing, after the U.N. condemned its failed rocket launch in mid-April. The U.S. and other nations have expressed concern that North Korea is expanding its rocket program so that its missiles will be able to carry nuclear weapons. North Korea shot back at U.S. attempts to ratchet up sanctions on its nuclear program, claiming they have “no option but to take countermeasures for self-defense.”

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